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Denver RTD to purchase 36 new BYD electric buses for mall service

Sustainability| August 25, 2015

The new shuttles are completely electric powered, so they will be highly energy-efficient and produce zero point-of-source emissions. Over a 12-year lifespan, the 45-foot buses will save nearly $100,000 in energy consumption per bus when compared to similar vehicles powered by other fuel sources. This will total millions of dollars saved fleetwide.

Ariz.'s Valley Metro extends rail line into Downtown Mesa

Rail| August 25, 2015

Seven months ahead of schedule and on budget, the additional 3.1-miles of service on Main Street between Sycamore Drive and Mesa Drive was greeted with big cheers from riders, business owners and local leaders.

Government Issues| August 25, 2015

Report IDs employment 'hot spots' in transportation sector

It also identifies good-paying, high-demand transportation jobs and analyzes the patterns in the education and work experience required for entry, including on-the-job training requirements for new entrants to gain full competency.

Sustainability| August 25, 2015

Clean Energy to build CNG stations for multiple agencies, school district

Will construct new CNG stations for Arlington Transit (ART) in Arlington County, Va.; Nassau Inter-County Express (NICE) in Long Island, N.Y.; and North Kansas City (Mo.) School District, which is set to become the largest school district in the U.S. to transition its school bus fleet to CNG.

Rail| August 25, 2015

San Diego MTS offers free video-on-demand service on trolleys

First U.S. public transportation system offering mobile-based multi-channel VOD

Accessibility| August 24, 2015

D.C. advocates call on Uber, Lyft to add wheelchair accessible vehicles

For months, Uber has been seeking agreements with a handful of D.C. cab companies to access the companies’ wheelchair-ready vans for use on the Uber Taxi platform. The cab companies, however, are not interested in working with Uber.

Management & Operations| August 24, 2015

Ford files patent for autonomous car with reconfigurable seating

According to the patent, the design calls for an automobile capable of operating without the input of a driver and is equipped with seats capable of changing its layout.

Management & Operations| August 24, 2015

Ariz.'s Sun Tran labor strike hits historic mark

Management is working with a federal mediator to schedule a meeting with the union, while only eight routes are operating and the agency offered no weekend service.The strike began August 6, which makes it the longest strike in recent history.

Management & Operations| August 24, 2015

Lane Transit to interview 3 finalists vying for GM post

Ron Kilcoyne, whose last day is Sept. 30, announced his retirement after four years at the helm of LTD, stepping away from a 30-plus-year career in public transportation.

Government Issues| August 21, 2015

Calif. transit agencies say fed grants blocked over pension reform law

The agencies thought they had won a federal court victory late last year, when a judge ruled that the state law did not violate a federal prohibition against interfering with public employees' collective bargaining rights, but the Labor Department is still enforcing the rule.

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